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Overcoming the Fear of the Dentist

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According to a recent study, between 5 and 8 percent of American avoid going to the dentist because of their fear. The study also shows that another 20 percent go to their dental visits only because “they have to”.

Fear of pain is probably the most common reason that keeps people from the dental office. The anticipation of pain is, unfortunately, a very powerful motivator.

Here are some other reasons why people fear the dentist:

  • Pain
  • Negative past experiences
  • Bad oral health
  • Pre-existing anxiety disorders
  • Feeling of helplessness and loss of control

Now, you’re probably wondering what you can do to overcome this fear. Well, we have some tips that may help you feel comfortable during your dental visits.

Find the right dentist. At Sage Dental, our providers will help you feel at ease at your appointments.

Try relaxation techniques. Take a big breath, hold it in and let it go out slowly. This will help relax your muscles and make you feel calm.

Talk to your provider about your fears. Let your dentist know that you are feeling anxious and he or she will make sure to work with you to make you comfortable during your visit by either taking breaks during your procedure or stopping treatment if you feel uncomfortable.

Seek distraction while in the dentist chair. Distractions can help divert your attention during treatment.  You can try listening to music or using a stress ball during your procedure.

If you experience fear of the dentist of dental phobia, please let our staff know. We are more than happy to help you overcome these feelings and make you feel at ease. At Sage Dental, we help patients enjoy their dental visits while we take great care of their oral health. Please call us at 1-866-880-5090 to make an appointment with one of our offices today.